Elisha-Rio P. Apilado, a Chicago-based art director, illustrator & hand-lettering artist, is equipped with 9+ years of experience in advertising (digital, television and print), social media content creation and event production. During the day, she works on advertising campaigns for clients as a Havas Chicago art director. In the evenings, she attends classes at Adler University to pursue the next step in her career path towards obtaining a Master’s in Counseling: Art Therapy. Elisha is very active in advocating how the expressive arts, specifically art and dance, is beneficial for one’s mental and emotional well-being. She has been involved in numerous speaking opportunities with Ignite Chicago to reframe the stigmas related to mental health and has hosted art therapy workshops with the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Creative Women’s Co. When she’s not volunteering as a crisis intervention counselor with Crisis Text Line, Elisha is training at the dance studio. If free time allows, she’ll travel 24-48 hour trips to complete her personal art bucket list: see each city's art museum at least once.
Elisha’s parents named her and her siblings with two first names, connected with a hyphen. Throughout their school careers, her parents have been adamant in ensuring the hyphen was included on their report cards and diplomas. With all the support they've given in her professional art career, it's the least she could do to continue their hyphenated efforts into her career days.